Welcome to Blue Line Station, your number one stop for New York Rangers commentary. I will be your host, Ranger knowledge extraordinaire, Jason M. Williams.
What better time to start Fansided.com’s New York Rangers blog than the dead of the summer, just after the free agency bonanza and just before the start of camp – one of the most silent times in the NHL season. Here we sit on August 1, 2009, two months before the dawn of a new season – a new Ranger season that will be Phase 1B in the regime of new head coach John Tortorella. Phase 1A saw Torts take his seventh seeded team to a 3-1 series lead over the heavily favored Washington Capitals, only to be brushed aside after a hard-fought devastating Game 7 loss.
These are exciting times around Madison Square Garden, as the 2009 off-season has proven one thing: nobody’s job is safe on the roster. Many will be lining up on the Blue Line for the Blueshirts this season and it’s our job here to ensure that you are wildly prepared for the puck to drop on the upcoming season.
Check back daily as we plan to build this blog from the ground up by taking a look back at some key Ranger moments in history, analyze recent personnel decisions, play a little game called “What If?” and make a couple key predictions on what will happen in the future.
You may be wondering, what is Blue Line Station?
The blog name Blue Line Station is a product of many different things. Blue represents our beloved Broadway BLUEshirts. The Blue Line is one of the finest hockey inuendos that also doubles as our resident New York City subway reference. The Blue Line Station represents our site, the station that will be your home stop toward gaining an intimate knowledge and voice of hockey’s greatest franchise.
Welcome aboard and be sure to step away from the doors as they are closing!